The case before the Supreme Court could blow up the union business model. Fox News reports, "petitioner Mark Janus works at the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services and didn’t like that a certain amount was deducted from his paycheck — he didn’t believe he should be forced to pay union dues or fees just to be allowed to work for the state. He didn’t agree with the 1.3 million-member AFSCME union’s politics, and believed, under the First Amendment, he couldn’t be forced to contribute."
Nearly half of America's 14.8 million unionized people in 2017 were in the public sector like Mr. Janus, a whopping 7.2 million, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Private sector unions have declined substantially, as wages have stagnated because of globalization, and right to work laws have proliferated throughout the states. If employees no longer have to pay union dues, then public sector unions would suffer a massive blow.
A similar case came before the court in the time after Justice Scalia's death, and the lower court's ruling was upheld, maintaining the status quo. Now that President' Trump's appointee Neil Gorsuch sits on the court, his position as a civil libertarian may weigh heavy against compulsory unionization. Judge Andrew Napolitano reacted on Fox, saying," “some labor leaders believe this will be almost a fatal blow — you know what, that’s their fault….No one is saying that labor unions [shouldn’t] exist; they just have to make themselves attractive so that people join voluntarily, rather than under the state’s compulsion.”
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